Atari has unveiled a new collection coming to Switch and other consoles to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The well titled Atari 50: the anniversary celebration will include over 90 games covering Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, ST, Jaguar and Lynx, and it will happen later this year.
As Game Informer reported in an exclusive first look, the collection spans all six platforms and also represents the first time Jaguar and Lynx games will be officially available to play on modern consoles. It’s not yet clear which games will be included, but we’ll update this post when we know more. It will apparently feature “six new classics-inspired titles”, however – see the blurb below for details.
Anyone who has played an Atari compilation in the past and is wary of another might have peace of mind knowing that Digital Eclipse is handling the emulation and overall package this time around. They’re the developer responsible for some of the best retro collections, including sparkling packages like the Mega Man Legacy Collection, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection. So, it looks like we’re in good hands with this one – a relief to anyone who thinks Atari’s treatment of its back catalog has been somewhat lacking over the years.
Here is some additional information regarding the games included on the Atari website:
Sword Quest: AirWorld – Yes, you read that right: after nearly 40 years of waiting, the team at Digital Eclipse has created the fourth and final entry in the legendary Swordquest series, inspired by the design concepts of original Swordquest creator Tod Frye. Who will be the first to solve their mysteries – and finally complete the quest?
haunted houses – The original “survival horror” game for the Atari 2600 gets a modern voxel-based 3D sequel, with more houses, more scary situations, and more urns.
VCTR-SCTR – This mashup celebration of the vector era of gaming combines gameplay from Asteroids, Tempest, and other vector arcade classics into one continuous challenge.
Neo Breakout – An amazing and addictive two-player competition that combines the best features of Breakout and Pong, with a modern graphic style.
Quadratank – The first new entry in the classic Tank series since 1978 combines features from the original games with four-player fun in team or free-for-all mode.
Yars Revenge Reimagined – Howard Scott Warshaw’s masterpiece for the Atari 2600 gets a facelift – and you can switch between original and modern graphics at any time! Designed by Mike Mika, head of Digital Eclipse studio, who created the Game Boy Color version of Yars’ Revenge in 1999.
The games will feature a variety of modern conveniences and filters. Given the developer’s expertise in adding value to its compilation with additional “museum” style extras, the package apparently contains over 60 minutes of exclusive interviews with Atari developers and industry figures, with historical images and other assets also part of the experience.
Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is set to release Holiday 2022. Let us know below if that tickles your nostalgia.